Lourdes Benedicto

 

Date Of Birth

November 12, 1974
 

Biography

Half-Filipino and half-Spanish/Dominican actress Lourdes Benedicto is best known to audiences for her recurring role as Gina Colon on NYPD Blue, but has been seen on several other shows. Born in Brooklyn on November 12, 1974, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a degree in theatre. The only girl in the family, she decided to pursue a career in acting and has appeared on numerous stage productions.

Lourdes Benedicto began her career in the 1990s, when she landed a role on the TV production titled Gryphon. She later joined the cast of the series NYPD Blue, and became widely known to audiences as the character Gina Colon. She immediately jumped into working on films, when she was cast in the biographical drama Permanent Midnight. She portrayed the character Vola alongside actors like Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, Elizabeth Hurley and Owen Wilson. Benedicto later found herself acting in the romantic comedy Drive Me Crazy, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier. In 1999, she made an appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The next year, she was seen on Resurrection Blvd., and played the role of Samantha Sanchez in 13 episodes of Titans. She later got a recurring role on the series ER, and gained even more fame for appearing on Dawson’s Creek. In 2002, she starred in the TV movie The Locket, before working on the drama Two Days. She next got the part of Carrie Turner on the series 24, where she earned the off-screen nickname “Cop Car Carrie” because of a car collision with a police vehicle. Benedicto next appeared on the musical comedy The Fighting Temptations, and was soon seen on the series The Lyon’s Den and The Dead Zone. From 2006 to 2007, she rose to fame, playing the new teller at Fidelity Republic Bank, Eva, on the ABC series The Nine. She is also credited for her performances in Silver Bells and Unbeatable Harold, as well as for her choice to join the cast of the series Cashmere Mafia in 2008.

In 2009, Benedicto was cast in ABC's V, a re-imagining of the 1983 miniseries created by Kenneth Johnson. On the series, she plays Valerie Stevens, Ryan's fiancee who is unaware of his alien nature.
 

Place of Birth

Brooklyn, New York
 

Birth Name

Lourdes Benedicto
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

- She married Matthew Curley on June 9, 2006.

- She is of Filipino and Dominican/Spanish descent.

- She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.

 

Filmography

2009-2010: V (TV series) - Valerie Stevens
2010: Stew (short) - Yolanda
2008: Numb3rs (TV series) - Estella Ramirez
2008: Cashmere Mafia (TV series) - Alicia Lawson
2006-2007: The Nine (TV series) - Eva Rios
2006: Unbeatable Harold - Cinnamon
2005: Silver Bells (TV movie) - Lizzie
2005: Stephen King's Dead Zone (TV series) - Eva Cortez
2003: The Lyon's Den (TV series) - Lisa Falward
2003: The Fighting Temptations - Rosa Lopez
2003: 24 (TV series) - Carrie Turner
2003: Two Days - Rachel Adams
2002: The Locket (TV movie) - Amanda Ibarra
2001: Dawson's Creek (TV series) - Karen Torres
2001: Strong Medicine (TV series) - Carmen Infante
2001: ER (TV series) - Rena Trujillo
2000-2001: Titans (TV series) - Samantha Sanchez
2000: Resurrection Blvd. (TV series) - Darcy
1996-2000: NYPD Blue (TV series) - Gina Colon/Gina Martinez
1999: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Angela Torres/Sho Ling-Fu
1999: Drive Me Crazy - Chloe Frost
1998: Permanent Midnight - Vola
1990: Gryphon (TV movie) - Monica

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